The Q&A Archives: Fast growing vines suitable for a Japanese Garden that will grow on chain link and wooden fencing.

Question: I want to camouflage 75 feet of chain link and 55 feet of wooden fencing in my back yard. I'm creating an outdoor japanese garden/living space. Because I want the yard to be low maintenance, is there a type of vine that is suitable for a Japanese Garden, is fast growing and will adhere to chain link and wooden fencing? Can you suggest other plants/trees for a japanese garden?


Answer: Wisteria is a natural for a Japanese garden. Porcelain Vine, Climbing Hydrangea, Clematis, Akebia or Passion Vines are also common in Japanese gardens. While you wait for the vines to cover the fence, you can plant annuals such as scarlet runner vine, morning glory, or Japanese hop vine.

Japanese maples are perfect for your garden. Choose laceleaf maples - you can plant them in containers if ground space is a problem.

Nandina, also known as heavenly bamboo, is a traditional plant is commonly found in Japanese landscapes.

Azalea is another traditional feature, offering evergreen foliage and a splash of color to announce the arrival of spring. It has a shallow root system and doesn't require a deep hole for planting.

Yew pine (Podocarpus macrophyllus): The spindly, wispy appearance of this tree makes it an excellent choice to be planted in groupings tp create a screen.

Scotch moss and mondo grass: These are used as groundcovers in the planting areas.

Dichondria: It is easy to plant between the flagstones. Just lay it out and cut it with a utility knife to match the shape of its location. In more humid or cooler areas, use moss.

Best wishes with your Japanese garden!

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